Now available to pre-order, the five-seat electric SUV, the first dedicated electric Mercedes model to enter series production, will be powered by an 80kWh lithium ion battery, with a WLTP-certified range of 259 miles. Two electric motors deliver a combined 402bhp and 564lb ft to move the EQC’s 2425kg kerb weight.
The entry-level EQC 400 4Matic Sport will start at £65,640 and feature the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system and a navigation system optimised to plot the fastest route depending on which type of charging points you want to use. It also comes with parking assist, a rear-view camera, blindspot monitors, LED headlights, heated front seats, 19in alloy wheels and ambient lighting featuring 64 colours.
The £67,635 AMG Line trim adds an AMG black panel grille, leather sport seats, carbonfibre trim and 20in wheels. Above that, AMG Line Premium costs £72,780 and adds an electric sunroof, Burmester surround sound, wireless smartphone chargers and MBUX augmented reality navigation.
There is also an AMG Line Premium Plus trim for £74,530 that adds a head-up display, 360deg camera, memory seats and extra MBUX functions.
Mercedes will also offer a £74,440 Edition 1 model, featuring the Sport equipment with extras including an electric sunroof, Burmester audio, special paint, leather upholstery and 20in wheels.
The most expensive model will be the limited-edition EQC Edition 1886, launched at this year's New York motor show. It will cost £79,260.
The EQC is based around a heavily modified version of the GLC platform. It made its first public appearance post-reveal at the Paris motor show.
Stylistically, it leans heavily on the early Generation EQ concept of 2016. It retains the same basic shape and five-door layout of the earlier concept, albeit with altered detailing such as the front-end design. Autocar understands that the EQC achieves a drag coefficient of less than 0.30.
At 4761mm long, 1884mm wide and 1324mm tall, the EQC is 105mm longer and a considerable 315mm lower than the GLC, with which it shares its 2873mm wheelbase.
Inside, the new model uses an upgraded version of the GLC’s cabin, parts of which appear on the upcoming facelifted version of the mid-range SUV. These include a newly designed dashboard with a digital instrument and infotainment panel, reworked ventilation units and a new multi-function steering wheel featuring touchpads within the horizontal spokes.